Research areas

A key to the narrative research interests of Association members

The key terms below provide a broad outline of the range of research specialisms within narrative studies. The terms are linked to the profiles of Association members, so you can easily identify a group of people with shared interests in a particular area. They are loosely organised under four semi-distinct categories – Approaches, Media, Fields and Topics – and are listed alphabetically under each heading.


Cognitive narratology, Contextualist narratology, Diachronic narratology, Empirical research, Feminist narratology, Interdisciplinary research, Narrative inquiry, Narrative sociology, Post-structuralism, Queer narratology, Reader response, Rhetoric, Semiotics, Structuralism, Stylistics, Text world theory, Transmedial narratology


AI narrative, Dance, Digital media, Drama, Film, Graphic narrative, Inner speech, Interactive narrative, Locative media, Mental imagery, Multimodality, Oral narrative, Performance, Social media, Textual narrative, Visual narrative


Affect studies, Autobiography, Cognition, Fashion narrative, Genre fiction, Historiography, Immersive storytelling, Learning and teaching, Literary narrative, Memory studies, Music, Narrative communication, Narrative medicine, Philosophy of literature, Pragmatics, Trauma studies


4E cognition, Authorship, Autofiction, Children's literature, Counterfactuality, Creativity, Dialogue, Disnarration, Dreams, Embodiment, Empathy, Fictional worlds, Fictionality, Formalism, Identity, Ideology, Metafiction, Narrative complexity, Narrative explanation, Narrative space, Novel, Poetry, Postmodern fiction, Realism, Scientific narratives, Selfhood, Temporality, Unnatural narrative, Young adult fiction